Author Archives: Steel City Skeptics

Summer Fun


Summer has been here for a couple of weeks, now, so that must mean that it is about time for some skeptical fun. CFI-Pittsburgh is holding it’s annual canoe excursion on the Youghiogheny River on Saturday August 15th. Those of … Continue reading

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Link to Thoughtful Article in Dissent Mag.


I recommend the following review of ‘A Secular Age’ by Charles Taylor in the winter issue of Dissent. Kind of a dumb title, but the reviewer provides a thoughtful consideration of the dynamics, psychology and motivation of belief and non-belief. … Continue reading

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Holiday SkepFeast


Editor’s note: I was offline for the holiday and missed Skeptical Advocate’s awesome holiday recipe post. Please consider this an early 2009 Holiday Feast proposal for future holiday feasting! (This sounds like a delicious NYE menu too.) My sincerest apologies … Continue reading

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A quote for the season


“For a fact, the Christians stole Christmas. We don’t mind sharing it with them, but we don’t like this pretense of theirs that it is the birthday of Jesus. It is the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun–Dies Natalis Invicti Solis. … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Dead


I am writing this on the shortest day of the year thinking of The Dead. James Joyce’s short-story about friends and family gathered for a holiday celebration in Dublin is one of my favorites. The main character, Gabriel, arrives at … Continue reading

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The Final Days


As we head into the final days before the election, the parties flog their messages, trying to attract undecided voters (if there are any). People align themselves with the candidates who reflect their beliefs — or at least seem to … Continue reading

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Déjà Vu


A number of years ago, there was a colorful figure in baseball named Yogi Berra, and what Yogi was most famous for were his malapropisms or maybe his “Yogi-isms”. One of his better known was the statement “It’s just like … Continue reading

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